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Need to Know: If the Redskins draft an edge rusher at No. 5, which one will they take?

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Need to Know: If the Redskins draft an edge rusher at No. 5, which one will they take?

Here is what you need to know on this Monday, April 6, 24 days before the Washington Redskins go on the clock at the NFL draft.

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Today's question if from the comment section here on Real Redskins:

Happy to answer your question, Jeff, and thanks for framing it that way. Asking what the odds are gives me a chance to utilize one of my favorite recurring themes here on Real Redskins--the mythical casino chips.

There are four highly rated edge defenders who could be on the board when the Redskins go on the clock with the fifth overall pick. All of them—Dante Flowler of Florida, Randy Gregory of Nebraska, Vic Beasley of Clemson and Shane Ray of Missouri—have been linked to the Redskins in various high-profile mock drafts. If the Redskins take one of them, which one will they take?

If I had a mythical $100 in casino chips, here is how I would spread them out among the four contenders:

Dante Fowler, $45—I think Fowler is most likely to be the pick because he’s the best all-around defender of the group. He has spent plenty of time on two feet so he will adjust quickly to the 3-4 outside linebacker spot. Some scouts believe that once he settles into one position instead of moving all over the field like he did at Florida he will truly blossom into a star.

Vic Beasley, $35—He is also well suited for the outside linebacker spot. His speed and quickness make him an exceptional edge rusher but his run-stopping ability is suspect.

Shane Ray, $15—Although he’s quick and powerful, many doubt if he has the athletic ability to play linebacker and at 245 lb. he’s not big enough to play end in a 4-3. The former issue could make the Redskins hesitant to draft him and a combination of the size and athleticism might send him further down in the draft.

Randy Gregory, $5—Even before his failed drug test at the combine was revealed I was doubtful that he was Scot McCloughan’s type of player. Red flags include him losing his scholarship offer to Purdue due to academic issues in high school, a propensity to take plays off, and two failed drug tests prior to the one at the combine. There’s no question that he’s talented but there are too many other good edge rushers on the board to deal with the potential issues.

By the way, not that anybody asked but right now if I had $100 to bet on what position the Redskins will draft if they stay at No. 5, I’d put $60 on edge rusher, $30 on wide receiver and $10 on the rest.

Timeline

—It’s been 99 days since the Redskins played a game. It will be about 160 days until they play another one.

Days until: Redskins offseason workouts start 14; 2015 NFL Draft 24; Redskins training camp starts 115

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Need to Know: The Redskins appear to be set at center

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Need to Know: The Redskins appear to be set at center

Here is what you need to know on this Wednesday, February 21, 21 days before NFL free agency starts.

I’m out this week so I’ll be re-posting some of the best and most popular articles of the past few months. Some may have slightly dated information but the major points in the posts still stand. Thanks for reading, as always.

The Redskins appear to be set at center

Originally published 12/19/17

Chase Roullier might have been the Redskins’ fourth choice to play at center this year. But he could be snapping the ball for Washington for a long time.

Kory Lichtensteiger, the starter for the previous three years when healthy, retired. Veteran backup John Sullivan departed as a free agent. Spencer Long started six games this season before knee and quad problems pushed him to the sideline, elevating the rookie Roullier into the starting lineup.

The sixth-round pick started three games before breaking his right hand at some point during the game against the Saints. That’s his snapping hand and him finishing that game was an underrated act of courage this year. But he was out for three games before returning against the Cardinals on Sunday. Jay Gruden was pleased with his play. 

“Chase did good. He did good,” said Gruden. “It was good to see him back in there. His snaps were outstanding and handled the calls and play well.”

That was good but standard praise. What was interesting was what he said next.  

“I like Chase’s progress right now,” he said. “I think he is going to be a very good center for a long time here. It was a great pickup for us in the draft.”

It appears that you can at least pencil in Roullier as the 2018 starter at center, if not put him in with a Sharpie.

Where would this leave Long, who is slated to be a free agent in March? The Redskins could let him walk and go with the younger and cheaper Roullier. They also could sign him to be their starting left guard. That job has belonged to Shawn Lauvao. But Lauvao also is a pending free agent and he is 30 and he has missed large chunks of two of the last three seasons with injuries. When he missed the last 13 games of the 2015 season, Long went in at left guard and played well.

If that happens, that would give the Redskins a starting offensive line consisting entirely of players drafted by the team and with only Trent Williams over the age of 27 in Week 1 of 2018.

Regardless of what happens at left guard, it looks like Roullier will be the man in the middle for 2018 and beyond.

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Timeline  

Days until:

—NFL Combine (3/1) 8
—NFL Draft (4/26) 64
—2018 NFL season starts (9/9) 200

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New free agent Doug Martin unlikely fix to Redskins' woeful run game

New free agent Doug Martin unlikely fix to Redskins' woeful run game

News broke Tuesday that the Tampa Bay Bucaneers released former Pro Bowl running back Doug Martin, and while the name certainly triggers value, his play of the last two seasons should calm the excitement. 

Since a 2015 season where Martin rushed for 1,400 yards and averaged nearly 5 yards-per-carry in 16 games, Martin has been suspended, undergone substance abuse rehab and missed games due to injury.

In the last two seasons, Martin has played in 16 of 32 games, rushed for 827 yards and averaged less than 3 yards-per-carry.

Over his six year NFL career with the Bucs, Martin has only played two full seasons. Those two seasons were great, in 2012 and 2015, but the other four have been largely disappointing. 

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The Redskins averaged just 3.6 yards-per-carry last season, and could definitely use a boost in the run game. It's entirely possible Washington might look to upgrade their offensive backfield this offseason, either in free agency or in the 2018 NFL Draft, but Martin does not look like the player to help. 

Early in the 2017 season, it appeared the Redskins run game might be a strength for the offense. After a disappointing effort on the ground to open the year in a loss to the Eagles, the Redskins rushed for at least 111 yards in their next three contests, including nearly 230 yards on the ground in a Week 2 win over the Rams. 

Injuries undid the run game, however, as Rob Kelley got hurt and the offensive line lost players, too. Over the course of the season, rookie Samaje Perine sustained minor injuries and Chris Thompson was lost for the year with a broken leg. 

Going into 2018, Kelley, Perine, Thompson and Kapri Bibbs are all on the roster and expected for now to stay with the team. That's yet another reason why the Redskins are likely to stay away from Doug Martin.

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